In December 2009 RK wrote and published our long art historical examination of the Anatolian Kelim.
We did this to both memorialize in print our research and thoughts since the release of our IMAGE IDOL SYMBOL: Ancient Anatolian Kelim book as well as to define and explain our Anatolian Kelim archetype concept and theory.
Included was additional information to detail what we call the social history of Anatolian Kelim collecting in the Western World.
Some months later, in March of 2010, we collated the 20 plus individual parts into one and they, and it, have remained here on RugKazbah.com.
Yesterday the collated part received its 2500th view from our audience, and while this is not a record it is a rather remarkable statistic.
Interest in early Anatolian Kelim was, prior to 1979, incredibly small; in fact, it was basically non-existent as almost no early examples were known.
However, the situation greatly changed during that year, and the two to follow, when a very small number of the earliest now known examples appeared.
RK was at the epicenter of all this, and that is when our small choice collection was formed.
As our opus explains: Almost as soon as those few archetypal examples appeared, no additional ones were discovered.
But their appearance, and our efforts to employ archaeological evidence and information to begin to explain their iconography, lit a bonfire of interest -- both from those who saw its validity as well as those who were disbelievers.
That was the decade, 1979-1989, which culminated in the publication of a number of books, and an almost hysterical and often laughable reaction in rugDUMB.
Suddenly everyone was interested in Anatolian Kelim and a wealth of misapplied Neolithic Goddess nonsense saturated, and then sank, both interest in Anatolian Kelim and belief their connections with the archaeological prehistory of Anatolia and adjacent areas was valid.
For most of the 1990's and 2000's this disinterest, and palpable fear of, Anatolian Kelim continued and, perhaps it was not coincidental to our publication of our Anatolian Kelim opus in December 2009 interest in the Anatolian Kelim was rekindled.
The fact the deYoung Fine Arts Museum recently dusted off 50 of their Anatolian Kelim and mounted them in an exhibition is just one example of this new interest.
RugKazbah.com has a small audience, about 125 regular readers and therefore when anything we publish garners such interest and 2500 views we know it is a hot topic.
The time is now for those interested in the Anatolian Kelim, and institutions like the deYoung, to begin the hard but necessary work to scientifically examine these weavings and to build a database of information to help further provenance them.
There is no doubt the beauty and importance of the Anatolian Kelim is now firmly established and accepted far beyond the miniscule boundaries of the carpet collecting world.
But when such a database of information will exist, and be applied to the many questions which still surround these weavings, RK is positive only then will they really assume their rightful place in art history.
So let RK thank the readers who visited our opus 2500 times to enjoy and study what we published.
And let us all hope more serious research and scientific study will now be undertaken to prove beyond the shadow of doubt the importance of the Anatolian Kelim.